PITTSBURGH—Paint and coatings maker PPG Industries is buying Consorcio Comex SA de CV for US$2.3 billion to help bolster its architectural coatings presence in Mexico and Central America.
Comex makes coatings and related products in Mexico and sells them in Mexico and Central America.
Pittsburgh-based PPG makes coatings, specialty materials and glass products.
Privately held Comex, based in Mexico City, had 2013 sales of about US$1 billion.
Its brands include Effex, Texturi and its namesake.
Comex has eight manufacturing plants and six distribution centres.
PPG plans to fund the transaction mostly with available cash and short-term investments, but may fund part of the acquisition with the addition of debt.
The deal is expected to immediately add to PPG’s earnings, excluding one-time acquisition-related costs.
The transaction may take four to six months to complete.